Town of Santa Clarita marked Bike to Work Week this week by inviting residents to experience their bikes and scale back greenhouse fuel emissions.
Residents might take a pledge to experience to their workplaces at GreenSantaClarita.com, a city-hosted web site selling environmental safety.
Native employers might additionally register for the Bike to Work Week problem, committing to encouraging their staff to experience their bikes to the workplace from Might 10-14.
Invoice Fickett participated within the problem via his employer situated off of Commerce Middle Drive west of Interstate 5 and north of Freeway 126. The Valencia resident isn’t new to the problem or biking to work.
Fickett has been getting to and from the workplace on his bike since 2016. He began biking not solely for transportation, however additionally for train to deal with his well being points, too.
“I began biking in Might after which received extra critical in June. So, between June and November of 2016 my migraines simply dropped to nothing,” he stated. “My physician was very proud of it. My household was ecstatic about it, and I used to be, too.”
Fickett stored biking. Final yr, he rode roughly 6,500 miles via all forms of climate throughout his five-day-a-week commutes.
“It’s good for me to get out. I feel it’s good mentally. I do know it’s good bodily simply to be lively somewhat bit day by day,” he stated of his 6-mile commute, which takes him between 20-25 minutes and over the bridge on the Iron Horse Trailhead.
And this week he stated he’s seen extra riders on town’s bikeways, which whole 112 miles in all.
“I usually commute about the identical time of day and so that you get used to the runners and the joggers and all of the individuals,” Fickett stated. “I name them the strangers you recognize within the metropolis. You don’t know who they’re however you see them day by day.”
Thursday morning, Fickett commuted along with his co-worker Alain Gyger, who travels roughly 8.5 miles from Newhall to get to his Valencia workplace.
Gyger has additionally been driving to work since 2016 and stated he hardly ever shares the street with automobiles on his commute.
“I’m on the road possibly 10% of the time,” he stated. “The remaining is all on bike lanes and the bike path, which seems to be very nice.”
Gyger additionally stated he appreciates the protection enhancements to town’s bikeways over the previous few years.
“Each mile there are markers on the bike path. So, if there’s an emergency … (and) you name 911, you’ll be able to inform them by marker, 20, or whatnot, they usually’ll know the place that’s,” he stated. “There’s actually no landmarks on the market typically.”
Nina Moskol, chair of the Santa Clarita Valley Bicycle Coalition, stated she is happy with town’s efforts to encourage residents to bike to work.
“What we hope to see occur is that by making an attempt biking, extra individuals will understand that their native commutes by bike are actually environment friendly, and on our path system, secure and cozy,” she stated in an e-mail. “Throughout common work hours, these commutes may be methods to hunt somewhat lively time for the person employee, and when mixed with commutes with co-workers, optimistic social time with work colleagues and mates.”
By means of their participation, residents have alternatives to win prizes, like biking gear and reward certificates, in accordance with town. And to encourage participation amongst residents with longer commutes, Santa Clarita Transit provided free native rides to anybody with a motorbike and helmet.